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Last week on this page we wrote that we believed newly elected U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz had a bright future in the halls of the Congress. We still believe that to be true, but it’s clear the fres…

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In today’s pop culture dominated climate, politicians rarely receive much thanks, but the work of U.S. Rep. Greg Walden stands out as a classic example of what an elected leader should do once…

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A tip of the hat to the health care workers who volunteered for the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations this week, and to the participants in clinical trials who volunteered to have the vacci…

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The arrival of federal CARES Act money to the county is good news, but it isn’t going to be enough and that means lawmakers will need to get back to work to find out where more cash will come …

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Umatilla County received some good news recently when Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget included funding for two local projects, an indoor rodeo arena with agriculture and veterinary classroom…

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Four days after the polls closed on election night, Americans learned who their next president would be, capping a contentious political campaign that seemed to illustrate, at once, the great …

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Last week the Trump administration moved forward with its plan to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list in the Lower 48 states. Farm and ranch group cheered the decision, while pr…

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Voters have until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to turn in their ballots, but a tip of the hat to those who have already voted. Mailing in or dropping off your ballots early can help the county elections o…

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Greg Walden is retiring, creating a race for an open seat for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. Cliff Bentz, a Republican, is the best person to fill it.

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We'd like to talk about a former secretary of state, Dennis Richardson, before we get into our editorial endorsement of Shemia Fagan for that race in this election. Looking back helps remember…

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Representation at the state level is critical for all residents and Umatilla and Morrow counties are no different. During the upcoming Nov. 3 election, voters have the opportunity to select re…

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At the beginning of the Tuesday, Oct. 6, candidate forum for the Hermiston City Council, incumbent Doug Primmer said there wasn’t a single person at the table that couldn’t do the job well.

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Umatilla County voters passed the county’s Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance in November 2018, which prevents the county from using resources to enforce state or federal laws that infrin…

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Drug abuse and addiction are huge problems in Oregon. Methamphetamine, opiates (heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone and others) and cocaine damage and kill thousands of people every year. Few of us…

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Oregon Measure 108, on the Nov. 3 ballot, would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, up to $3.33 per pack. It also increases taxes on cigars, and establishes a new tax on e-cigarette…

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The small news story hardly pushed past 160 words and many readers may have missed it, but the review of a barbecue to honor area first responders, sponsored by local residents and businesses,…